DISCO, the 15th album of the Australian dance queen Kylie Minogue, offering a full-fledged career that began in 1987, with the dance cover that decided the 1962 doo-wop song “The Loco-Motion”. In the more than three decades since, pop singer-songwriters have moved into other genres, such as in the 2018 pop-country disc. Yellow-but her North Star is always aiming for reverse dance rhythms. On DISCOA flirtatious album, upright and sexy dancing, Kylie Minogue doesn’t lose her message.
It’s a great record – with shiny disco, rainbow lights, mirror shadows, pounding rock drums, synthesized strings, hilarious bass, mute guitar and Kylie Minogue’s sweet vocals . When this sound party started, it only slows down a couple of times and that produces a dramatic effect as it accumulates again.
“Do you believe in magic?” Minogue asks her lover about “Magic”, the keyboard tool for opening albums. It’s a song that skips the events of 2020 (otherwise the answer to her question would be a resounding “no”). However, Minogue wrote and recorded parts of DISCO from home during isolation. She even talked about having to familiarize herself with home studio hardware and software – something most divas didn’t bother with before. While listening to below the booming sound of some songs, Minogue revealed many bittersweet emotions like loneliness.
“We are a million miles in a thousand ways,” she sang on “Say Something”. “We all wander, in the darkest place.” Singles are possibly the most powerful documentary about DISCO, blending elements of synth-pop. The echoey bass system pushes the song forward to make the most of the stereo, playing ping-pong with our ears. The influence of Earth, Wind & Fire is evident from start to finish – yet Kylie Minogue named Studio 54 on “Dance Floor Darling” and reiterated Gloria Gaynor in “Where Does the DJ Go?”
“Watcha is waiting? Get up on the floor, ”she sang in a low, husky voice about the old song. It was a kind of mid-tempo song for the first two thirds until the break, at which point the vocal lead was over-processed that made the song go overboard. Studio 54, really. “I will survive,” Minogue sang on “Where Does the DJ Go?” hammer home topic. And if you’re looking for more, listen to “Last Chance” next to Donna Summer’s “Last Dance”. It’s the kind of tribute that will make Summer blush.
However, not all of the songs above DISCO strike gold. On some cheese more than respect. For example, “Monday Blues” is more reminiscent of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” than love or contemplation of the week or any other message; I can’t help but change the words in my head.
The use of the third person on the closer album “Celebrate You”, singing for a woman named Mary, has some structure that might fit. Yellow. The lyrics have a Swiftian and country-esque sound, before the chorus turns the pendulum back to disco.
However, the pervasive joy of this record could not be pervasive. Kylie Minogue is a co-writer on every track and she chooses her words carefully. There is an optimistic feeling that in a year of anxiety and illness could be mistaken for color blindness, but more likely a prayer for celebrations will come – for time in the distant future and for hope. Not far away, where people could leave 2020.
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